COVID19: What you need to know

COVID19: What you need to know

As the COVID19 outbreak evolves, Hall Contracting will continue to follow government advice and update staff members regularly with the precautionary measures we are implementing across the company. 

You can access this page at any time to view the current information and regulations, and we will also communicate updates to you via email.

The health of our staff members, clients and suppliers is our number one priority and our intention is to minimise the spread of the virus and its impact on our workplace as much as possible over the coming weeks and months.

#Key regulations

We ask that you please notify Human Resources Manager Tara Williams immediately via email or on +61 408 921 328 if you:

  • have had contact with a person known to be infected with COVID19;
  • have had contact with a person known to have been in contact with an infected person;
  • are being tested for COVID19; or
  • have been diagnosed with COVID19.

In these instances, it is important you isolate yourself for 14 days or until you have received clearance from a medical professional.

If you do not fit any of the above criteria but are experiencing flu-like symptoms or are feeling unwell, please notify Tara and do not come to work as it places the health of your fellow workers at risk. Contact your GP and seek a medical certificate as per normal procedure for any time off due to illness.

#How to self-isolate

If you are required to self-isolate, please follow the following guidelines:

  • Do not go to public places including work, school, shopping centres, childcare or university.
  • If possible, ask other people to collect food and other necessities for you and leave them at your front door.
  • Do not let visitors into your home. Only people who usually live with you should be allowed inside.
  • If you need to leave home to seek medical attention, wear a surgical mask (if you have one) to protect others. Most medical clinics will require you to call ahead.

#Working from home

If you are required to self-isolate, you may work from home if you feel well enough to do so (and if your role permits).

Tara can arrange to have any items you need delivered to your place of residence on request.

As most desk-based positions can be conducted remotely, head office employees are also welcome to work from home (if their role permits), regardless of whether they have been quarantined or not.

For safety reasons, this risk assessment must be completed before working from home. Sign it, take a photo or scan it, and email it to Tara.

#Head office

Head office remains open at present and reception is manned.

Meetings involving more than two people should be held by video conference wherever possible.

#Sites

The following regulations are in place for all Hall sites:

  • Do not share a closed environment (such as machinery cabins) with a co-worker for a prolonged period of time e.g. more than two hours.
  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Practice social distancing i.e. do not shake hands; stay 1.5m apart from others (including during pre-start); and have meal breaks (‘smoko’) in machines, your car or outside the lunch room. It is critical you do not have face-to-face contact with a co-worker for more than 15 minutes.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Regularly wipe surfaces (including steering wheels, controls, door handles, computer keyboards, fridge handles etc.) with disinfectant.
  • Do not share cutlery or cups.
  • Do not share food.
  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow or tissues (and dispose immediately) then wash your hands.
  • Avoid moving between sites (this includes head office). If your job involves going to multiple sites (such as surveyors and fitters), minimise contact with others and wipe down any common area or surface you may touch.

Staff working on the Clinton Vessel Interaction Project in Gladstone are currently subject to stricter measures. These regulations have been communicated to the relevant team members directly.

#Travel

In line with federal government advice, Hall Contracting has suspended all work-related international travel. We strongly recommend staff avoid travelling internationally for personal reasons until the government removes this restriction.

If you decide to go on holiday outside of Australia, you do so at your own risk and will be required to self-isolate for 14 days on your return. You will need to take annual leave or leave without pay to cover this period.

The Australian Government has also made it mandatory for all people arriving in Australia from overseas to self-isolate for 14 days.

Work-related domestic travel should be limited to necessary travel only (i.e. if you are travelling from home to your site, or home again).

By adhering to these guidelines and following them closely, we can collectively minimise the spread of infection within the workplace. Please note that the measures implemented are precautionary and there is no cause for alarm. At this stage, we have no recorded cases of COVID19 at Hall.

While these are challenging times for the world economy, please rest assured that Hall is a very stable business with solid foundations, and we will make it through this period.

If you have any questions, please direct them to your manager in the first instance.

We appreciate your cooperation during this time.